By Sheila Ring

During their regular meeting Monday, the Onida City Council received the notification from Mid Dakota Rural Water System, supplier of water to the city, that water rates would be increased effective January 1. After examining what is currently collected by the city through the utility bill, it was determined that the city cannot absorb the increased expense, so it will be passed along to consumers, resulting in an increase of $1.00 per month per water hookup.

The council approved as presented building permits for 201 N 8th Street and for 707 S Main Street. The city continues to be plagued by nuisance property issues, and the council considered contracting with an outside agency for code enforcement.

City Attorney Emily Sovell briefed the council on several legal matters.

Since the situation remains fluid, especially as it pertains to recreational marijuana, the council deferred adopting a marijuana ordinance. Sovell encouraged the council to examine for when it is adopted two elements of a potential ordinance: where a dispensary will be located (zoning) and how much the city will charge in fees for a license.

The time frame for shooting off fireworks within the city limits was clarified as from June 27 to July 5, the city ordinance being more restrictive than state law.

For new liquor licenses, the city will follow the same fee schedule as adopted by the county, $1500 for an on-sale license and $2500 for an off-sale license. Renewal feels are $300 for malt beverage, $300 for liquor, and $500 for wine.

Sovell explained the state’s Attorney Rural Recruitment Program and encouraged the city to participate. The cost to the city for supporting the program is expected to be $1094 annually.

City Superintendent Tim Jost was applauded by the SD Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources for excellence in water system maintenance in his capacity as the systems operation specialist. In his report, Jost related activity by the city crew, including street sweeping, spraying for Canadian thistle, dust control application, street light outage, pool maintenance, valve locating work in conjunction with the city water and sewer project, and the dump inspection and fire call.

fees for a license.

The timeframe for shooting off fireworks within the city limits was clarified as from June 27 to July 5, the city ordinance being more restrictive than state law.

For new liquor licenses, the city will follow the same fee schedule as adopted by the county, $1500 for an on-sale license and $2500 for an off-sale license. Renewal feels are $300 for malt beverage, $300 for liquor, and $500 for wine.

Sovell encouraged the city to participate as one of four entities in the state’s Attorney Rural Recruitment Program. When joined by the county, the State Bar, and the Unified Judicial System in supporting the program, the cost to each will be $1094 annually.

City Superintendent Tim Jost was applauded by the SD Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources for excellence in water system maintenance in his capacity as the systems operation specialist. In his report, Jost related activity by the city crew, including street sweeping, spraying for Canadian thistle, dust control application, street light outage, pool maintenance, and valve locating work.